#WeeklyMake | Stretch Your Style

#WeeklyMake Stretchy Bracelet

Thingiverse super user Emmett Lalish has designed lots of amazing 3D objects, from his beloved Screwless Heart Gears to his masterpiece Automatic Transmission Model.

However, none of Emmett’s models have yet to rival the fame and ubiquity of his Stretchy Bracelet, this week’s #WeeklyMake. The simple yet elegant design prints quickly and reliably and is great fun to wear.


Make a fashion statement with this week’s photo challenge
Print as many Stretchy Bracelets in as many colors of MakerBot PLA Filament as you’d like (for a challenge, try printing one bracelet in multiple colors).

Then, mix and match your bracelets, add other accessories if you’re in the mood, and show off your maker style in a creative photo.

Don’t forget to share your photos with us (@MakerBot) on Twitter and Instagram with the tag #WeeklyMake.

Let your stretchiest ideas fly!

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MakerBot Academy | Help Propel Learning for Middle Schoolers


Since we launched MakerBot Academy, our education initiative to put a MakerBot Desktop 3D Printer in every school in America, we’ve been keeping track of all the MakerBot projects going up on

One in particular caught our eye this month.

Meet Daniel Mills, a technology and engineering teacher at Madison Middle School in Tampa, Florida who uses aerospace-themed projects to give students examples of engineering in action. Mills’s students design everything from rocket nose cones to airplane wings.

Now, he’s raising the funds for a MakerBot 3D Printer on so students can bring their designs to life.

Visit and Donate to Mr. Mill’s DonorsChoose Campaign.

Having a MakerBot 3D Printer could enhance projects like their Underwater ROV’s (Remotely Operated Vehicles), which rely on numerous specialty parts like propeller blades typically found only in hobby stores. 3D printing their own propeller designs will give students a more direct experience with engineering design and a deeper understanding of how propulsion works.

“Creating proper blades that will provide the maximum driving force helps students understand drag, thrust, aerodynamics, and design,” explains Mills.

Besides opening up new avenues for learning, he also hopes 3D printing will lower materials costs and open the doors for more students to experience engineering first hand. “Our program is free to join, but being at a Title 1 school means that not all of our students’ parents can afford to buy materials for projects.”

With lower material costs and a classroom of highly engaged students, Mr. Mills’s class could do some extraordinary things with a MakerBot Academy Bundle.

Visit the MakerBot Academy section of to support more teachers like Mr. Mills.

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MakerBot | Fraemes, The Latest MakerBot-Ready App  


In June, we unveiled the MakerBot Developer Program. It’s designed to give innovative developers tools to create MakerBot-Ready Apps that integrate with the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem. Our first partner app, Modio, lets users design 3D printable creatures like scorpions, ninjas, and dinosaur-skinned robots. Now, we’re ready to introduce our next developer partnership.

Meet Fraemes, creators of beautifully designed, 3D printable iPhone cases.

Personalize and 3D Print Your Next Phone Cover
To create your own iPhone cover using templates created by up-and-coming designers, visit the Fraemes web app, select a design, personalize it with text and shapes, and purchase a rubber bumper to hold your 3D printed insert in place.

Design Now and Print Later
Since Fraemes is a MakerBot-Ready App, integrated with the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem, you can download your design directly to your MakerBot Cloud Library. The moment you’re ready to print your Fraeme, it will be waiting for you in MakerBot Desktop.

Buy Fraemes at Any MakerBot Retail Store
Don’t own a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer yet? Don’t worry: you can buy Fraemes at a MakerBot Retail Store near you. Select from different designs, personalize your design, and have a MakerBot Operator bring it to life using our MakerBot In-Store 3D Print Services. Fraemes’ rubber bumpers will also be available for in-store purchase.

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MakerBot Digital Store | Sesame Street Nostalgia Sweepstakes


We’ve been celebrating the 45th anniversary season of Sesame Street in nostalgic style by featuring seldom seen (but certainly not forgotten!) Sesame Street favorites in the MakerBot Digital Store.

Still Furry After All These Years 
We wanted our first Sesame Street collection to be memorable, so we searched for characters that no longer appear regularly on the show but have remained fan favorites. We know that just because you can’t find these cherished characters in a department store doesn’t mean you love them any less. This collection is dedicated to true Sesame Street fans like you.

A New Model Every Week
Each Tuesday for the next few weeks, we’ll share a treasured friend to download and print until the premiere of Sesame Street’s 45th season on September 15, 2014.

Download and print the Two Headed Monster today.

Enter for a Chance to Win a GIANT 3D Print
You’ll have an opportunity to win a print of that week’s character, printed in the massive build volume of a MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer.

After four Tuesdays, the last winner will be selected on Monday, September 15 to celebrate the 45th season of Sesame Street.

Be sure to carefully read the Official Rules at the bottom of this post.

This Week’s Prize: A Giant Two Headed Monster Print
–Reply to our question directly on Twitter, Instagram, or this blog with a relevant answer.
–We’ll randomly select a winner after 24 hours and announce it on Twitter on Friday.
–If you don’t win this week, don’t worry! Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, or check back on this blog post for next week’s question.

QUESTION: What would Two Headed Monster decide to print?

Read the Official Rules.

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MakerBot Filament | Introducing the Naturals Collection


Make 3D models like these elaborate piggy banks from the MakerBot Digital Store using nature’s own color palette with the new Naturals Collection. Get back to the basics with three new earthy colors of MakerBot PLA Filament:

Click a Color, Any Color!


These new colors have a variety of applications, making them a welcome addition to our myriad of MakerBot PLA Filament colors.

Give Your Models a Uniquely Organic Look
Make your models come alive, whether you’re designing trees, animals, or other natural structures. MakerBot Studio Director, Lane Feuer, who’s always in need of lively colors, can’t get enough of the Naturals Collection. “These new PLA colors are great for modeling all kinds of organic designs, from tree trunks to Teddy bears,” said Feuer.

Architects, Start Your Printers
We’ve heard from a lot of architects who want to show how materials like wood might look in a finished structure. The Naturals Collection’s brown hues give architects the flexibility they need to represent a greater range of natural materials in their prototypes.

A MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer’s Best Friend
MakerBot PLA Filament is the best and most consistent filament designed for MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. Our high quality-control standards and state-of-the-art filament manufacturing processes ensure that MakerBot PLA Filament will produce higher-quality prints, reduce filament problems, and minimize downtime.

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#WeeklyMake | Fall Trunk over Tusks for This Elephant


3D design has never been so adorable.  With its print-in-place articulated legs, flexible trunk, and undeniable cuteness factor, it’s hard not to fall in love with this elephant from our favorite French fabricators, LeFabShop. Exploit that elephantine cuteness for personal glory with our latest #WeeklyMake challenge.


Once you’ve downloaded and 3D printed your elephant, you’ll discover it’s a pretty flexible little character. Turns out, this elephant is actually a master of yoga (an elephant never forgets a pose).


Capture your elephant in any of these six yogic poses, and share your photos with us (@MakerBot) on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #WeeklyMake.

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Thingiverse | Mars Base Challenge Winners

MakerBot Mars Base Challenge Results

We were pleased to receive a good number of #MakerBotMars challenge entries almost as soon as we announced it. But then, on the last day of the challenge, we were completely blown away as we watched the number of entries double, leaving us with loads of fascinating text to read, diagrams to analyze, and creative designs to print.

Many entries went above and beyond the stated scope of the challenge, expanding into small worlds with many individual pieces. It was an embarrassment of 3D printed riches. The enthusiasm behind the contributions was palpable, and inspiring.

Once we finished our test prints, we sent the results to our friends at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who used their expert knowledge and experience to help choose the winners. We’re happy to say that we fully agree with their input and we’re excited to award all of our winners with spools of MakerBot Filament and to give our first place winner a brand new MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer!

All participants deserve a round of applause for their hard work. And now, onto the winners:

First Place - The Queen B by Noah Hornberger

First prize goes to NoahHornberger’s Queen B (Bioshielding) 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Mars Apartment. The design takes on the harsh Mars climate without sacrificing comfort. According to Noah, the unique hexagonal design minimizes the exposed surface area, making Queen B easy to build, replicate, and maintain on Mars.

Second and Third Place

Second prize goes to Valcrow’s Martian Pyramid.  The pyramid design focuses on multi-function systems that ensure limited resources are never wasted and produces energy from a mirror-based solar collector.

Third prize goes to Cstarrman’s Mars Acropolis. It has a futuristic architectural design inspired by the ancient Greek Acropolis. The three tiered structure serves as a mass research facility, allowing visitors to explore and develop means for additional colonization of the planet.


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MakerBot Innovator Sessions | ReImagining the South Bronx


Jessica Chung, a teacher and former coordinator at MOUSE, helps turn youths into technology leaders through education. She will be giving a brief presentation on “ReImagining the South Bronx” at the MakerBot Retail Store in Greenwich, CT at 6:30pm on Thursday, August 21st.  In the technology-rich project, her students researched, investigated, and then 3D printed a completely reimagined design of their school’s neighborhood. Space is limited, so register now to reserve a spot at this exciting presentation.


From Concept to Reality: About the Project
The STEM-focused project gave students the opportunity to use 3D modeling software to create a new vision for their neighborhood and then 3D print the final products on MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers. What was initially dreamed up in conversation by a group of eager learners exploring their neighborhood has become an inspiring model for a completely reimagined city. Jessica Chung and her innovative students are just one of many examples of how MakerBot 3D Printers are revolutionizing classrooms around the world.

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MakerBot Digital Store | Meet Zee, The MakerBot Blank


What do fantastical tree creatures, Egyptian goddess kittens, and a shirtless Viking have in common? They all use the same blank 3D printed canvas from MakerBot.

Introducing Zee, the MakerBot Blank
Inspired by Japanese vinyl toy culture and the charming, rotund design of the MakerBot Around Town collection, Zee already has a lot of personality right out of the box. Now all Zee needs is your creativity to fulfill his destiny as a unique piece of art.

Purchase Zee Now. 

Zeeing is believing:  Get inspired with our ode to the best Zee designs.
We challenged artists from around the world to customize Zee using their own style and finishing techniques, and collected our favorites in an original publication, The Zee Issue. Available at any MakerBot Retail StoreThe Zee Issue showcases the most imaginative Zee modifications with materials ranging from simple acrylic paint to clay, Plexiglas, and even twigs. But words don’t do them justice: pick up a copy today.

From A to Zee: Complete your vision with the Limited Edition Starter Kit
Don’t own a MakerBot 3D Printer? Buy a Zee starter kit at the MakerBot Retail Store. The starter kit comes with a set of 10 Posca acrylic paint markers – everything you need to customize your Zee. Don’t forget to share your creations with us by tweeting @MakerBot with the tag #MakerBotBlank.

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MakerBot Stories | Wheels for a Middle School Drag Race

A long hallway at A. MacArthur Barr Middle School, in Nanuet, NY, doubles as a dragstrip for carbon-dioxide-powered model cars. Like the Cub Scouts’ Pinewood Derby, CO2 racing is a fun way for young people to discover design and engineering principles. At Barr Middle School, the dragster race has become a rite of passage.

“They look forward to eighth grade,” said technology teacher and racing commissioner Vinny Garrison. “It’s a project that kids remember.” A showcase outside the old woodshop has a selection of wooden cars and 3D printed wheels, as well as a leaderboard showing the fastest 65-foot runs of the school year — and of all time.

Over the course of seven weeks, each eighth grader will shape a footlong wood block into a car. Each car has a compartment in the back big enough to hold a CO2 cartridge usually used for whipping cream or carbonating water, and beyond that anything goes. The competitive students go for long and lean, while others will shape theirs like a flower or their favorite animated character.

The wheels also take many different forms. Other schools with the CO2 dragster in the curriculum order stock wheels in bulk, but each Barr Middle School racer designs a set of wheels in 3D design software and prints them on a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer. Whether form or function is a priority, the 3D printer helps. Those eager to challenge the all-time record — which has dropped from 0.701 to 0.643 seconds in the MakerBot era — craft wheels weighing as little as eight-tenths of a gram. (Stock wheels can weigh as much as five grams each.) Other students create elaborate patterns worthy of a custom-rim shop.

Barr Middle School’s approach to the CO2 dragster project appeals to a wide range of students, whether their interests are engineering or design, competition or craft. It is also a deft integration of older and newer technologies: Students use laptops on shop tables with vises, and the MakerBot Replicator takes its place among the band saw, the rasp, and sandpaper. In the fall, Garrison’s class will be working with a MakerBot Replicator Mini as well.

“I have kids engineering parts—parts that don’t exist,” Garrison says. “They are going to get to college and the teacher is going to be, ‘Oh, you’re good. You know how to do this.’”

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